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Best Store You've Never Heard Of:

By (view all posts by dstearns)
at 12:40PM Wednesday December 9, 2009
under Featured StoreStaff

This week at, the Featured Store is (are you ready?) HandHeldItems. Tada! Bet you can't guess what they sell, either. Actually, you probably can.

There goes that surprise...
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Don't Buy It, Mend It This Holiday

By (view all posts by coupiedoll)
at 9:48AM Wednesday December 9, 2009
under Money Saving Tips

There is no doubt the holidays are a time for conspicuous consumption. This year, consider repairing one of your old favorites instead of buying new. Think of it as a date with a really good old friend.

Something I find way more fulfilling and satisfying than a trip to the mall! Read More »

Fly, Trade, Save!

By (view all posts by GuyCopes)
at 2:35PM Tuesday December 8, 2009
under Shop Smarter

It used to be that when you amassed 15,000 miles on an airline those points could get you a free trip along with your halfway decent meal and attentive, pleasurable flying experience. Not to go all Lewis Black here, but flying on airlines today is akin to riding in a cold bumpy freight car, dining on delicacies such as terminal (no pun intended) McDonalds or a five-to-a-bag pack of nearly stale in-flight peanuts. Don't forget, that's an extra $15 if you just must check your bag before boarding. So as you may no doubt have surmised I am just a tad turned off by the "new way to fly."

One thing that has me perked up though is a site called They are a frequent flyer miles trading site. All those miles that don't add up to even a one-way free trip can now actually do you some good. Their system is simple, fun and easy to use. Read More »

Eight Tips for Staying Warm

By (view all posts by stella.louise)
at 11:44AM Tuesday December 8, 2009
under Money Saving Tips

As I woke up to the arctic chill that is my bedroom, I debated exposing my weary limbs to the frosty air.  My nose, the only thing not covered by two blankets and a down comforter, was already frozen.  The rest of me was satisfactorily toasty--and I really wanted to remain that way!

Unfortunately, duty called and I gingerly extracted myself from the warmth of my bed.  As winter edges ever closer, staying warm becomes a top priority.  And while "chestnuts roasting on an open fire" sounds like an ideal way to remove winter's chill, we all know that most of the heat generated by fire ends up going up the chimney--and costing more in the long run.

So here some cheap and easy tips to staying warm from head to toe this winter: Read More »

Holiday Party 2009

By (view all posts by stella.louise)
at 3:15PM Monday December 7, 2009
under Holidays

As we wind down the year, things are really gearing up at  We've been working hard to bring you awesome Black Friday deals, Cyber Monday sales and super hot coupons and promo codes to save you money on your holiday shopping.  The DealPros are furiously finding discounts for hot items like PS3, Wii and Zhu zhu hamsters and Savings Little Helpers are taking your deal queries via Twitter.

In the midst of all this madness, however, we took a brief break to celebrate all we've accomplished in 2009 (the launch of our blog, a major site redesign, Save Up conference, etc.) at our annual holiday party. Read More »

Safe Online Shopping Tips this Holiday Season

By (view all posts by Dealman)
at 12:14PM Monday December 7, 2009
under Shop Smarter

Sure, when you shop online you don't have to brave the holiday crowds and fight with other customers for the last Tickle Me Elmo (or this year's hot trend: the plastic hamster), but you should still be mindful when shopping online.  Just because you're saving money by using an online coupon, there are still ways for identity thieves and other culprits to use your personal information.  By and large, online shopping is safer than it was in the early days of e-commerce, but online thieves have also gotten more sophisticated.

Here are some tips to stay safe when shopping online during the holiday season:

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Herding Cats: Our Favorite Savings Stories for the Week of November 29th

By (view all posts by derek70x7)
at 3:08PM Friday December 4, 2009
under Stuff We Like

I don't know about you folks, but I'm definitely relieved that Black Friday and Cyber Monday have passed. Here at Savings we lived and breathed the twin retail holidays since the beginning of October, so it was nice to finally survive them without spending an entire paycheck on epically-discounted electronics (as I feared I might).

This week's roundup is vaguely holiday-themed, with some tips on prospective gifts, modes of holiday transportation, and reasons why you should be thankful for your alma mater (especially you, UC alums). Read More »

Bah, Humbug!

By (view all posts by stella.louise)
at 12:52PM Friday December 4, 2009
under Holidays

The holiday season is in full swing.  Silver bells, cinnamon spice and Christmas cheer.  It's also a time of crazed crowds, family dysfunction and anxiety-induced stress.

Thank goodness it's only once a year!

As much as I look forward to seasonal light displays (the tackier, the better!), my favorite holiday specials and the period of self-reflection that wrapping up one year before heading off into another brings, there are some holiday traditions I could do without... Read More »

Even if a Picture's Worth a Thousand Words, You'll Still Need a Frame to Hang It

By (view all posts by WiscoVixen)
at 11:00AM Friday December 4, 2009
under GiveawaysStaff

As I mentioned yesterday at the end of the Creative Zen V giveaway post, we've got another giveaway starting today. Next Friday, December 11 we'll be giving away the Deluxe Wall Gallery Frame courtesy of our good friends over at Red Envelope.

When I heard we were giving away picture frames on the blog this week, I have to say, I was a little underwhelmed. However, after seeing a picture of it on the Red Envelope site, I'll admit this is a pretty sweet picture frame set, and I'd be stoked to win it. And if picture frames (even ones as cool as these) aren't your bag, I'm sure there's someone on your holiday shopping list that would love it! Read More »

Turn up the Radio...Online!

By (view all posts by GuyCopes)
at 4:08PM Thursday December 3, 2009
under Product Review

Back in my day (wow did I really just write that?), we made mixtapes and got together with friends to trade music and homemade collections of favorite songs. Now I'll save the discussion about legal online music sharing services for another day. Today is all about throwing out those old dusty TDK cassettes and scratched up CD compilations you've stuffed into a worn Caselogic folder. The coolest part of trading, sharing, and showing off your musical tastes was always the community of friends you formed around your similar aural tastes. You were an army forged to fight against the forces of lame music. Or what you deemed to be the uncool noise of the masses.

Well, that army has moved online and the kingdom is ruled by

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Blood, Guts, and Rock & Roll: Top Video Games for Adults

By (view all posts by Yasarh)
at 3:06PM Thursday December 3, 2009
under Shop Smarter

Last week I let you guys in some good games for the kiddies this holiday season.  This week, I promised some blood, guts, and rock & roll and I plan on delivering on that promise. 

Here are some of the hottest games for adults and teens this year:

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The Creative Zen V MP3 Player Goes To...

By (view all posts by WiscoVixen)
at 11:52AM Thursday December 3, 2009
under GiveawaysStaff

It's time, folks. It's time to announce the winner of the Creative Zen V MP3 player furnished by the good people over at Napster.

One week ago, Guy wrote a blog post talking about the Creative Zen V and asking people to comment on the blog with their favorite holiday song in order to be entered to win one. After just seven days, we had 120 comments on the blog from people proclaiming their favorite holiday song. The top three most commonly mentioned songs are:

3. The Little Drummer Boy
2. O Holy Night
1. Silent Night

I personally would have gone with something a little more light-hearted like a song from the Muppet Christmas Carol, but that's just me.

In any case, out of the 120 entries, we chose a winner at random. And our winner is (with the song choice of "Silver Bells")? Read More »